Fernando Alonso To Race In 2018 Le Mans and World Endurance Championship
McLaren has just confirmed that it will allow Fernando Alonso to compete in upcoming rounds of the World Endurance Championship – including this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans after coming to an agreement with both Fernando Alonso and Toyota Gazoo Racing.
Both McLaren and Fernando Alonso understand (and are in full agreement) that Formula 1 will remain their shared priority – with Fernando taking place in ALL 2018 Formula 1 World Championship races.
This means that he will NOT be racing in WEC’s Japanese round (at Fuji Speedway on October 21st) due to the clash with the US Grand Prix.
Zak Brown – Executive Director, McLaren Technology Group: “It’s no secret that Fernando has wanted to contest in the Le Mans 24 Hours – I think everybody within our organisation appreciates that a motivated, hungry and happy world-class driver such as Fernando is a formidable asset for any team in F1.”
“Last year, we came to the joint decision to go racing with Fernando at the Indy 500 rather than at the Monaco Grand Prix but we’ve always said that we would consider each opportunity on a case-by-case basis and we both know that, in 2018 – our core priority is success in Formula 1.”
“Like Fernando, at McLaren, we’re racers at heart and our team is built on a brave heritage of competing and succeeding in different forms of sport. Equally important is the confidence that nothing detracts from our number one goal of Formula 1. After proper evaluation – we are satisfied that this campaign does not do that and McLaren’s best interests prevail.”
Fernando Alonso: “I’ve never been shy about my aim of winning motorsports’ ‘Triple Crown’ – the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We tried for Indy last year and came close – but just missed out.”
“This year, I have the chance thanks to McLaren to race for the win at Le Mans. It is a big challenge – much can go wrong – but I am ready, I am prepared and looking forward to the fight.”
“My deal to race in WEC was only made possible through the good understanding and strong relationship that I have with McLaren and I’m very happy that they listened and understood what this means to me.”
“In no way will this challenge take away from my main target of Formula 1 with McLaren. In 2018, my aim is to be competitive at every Grand Prix and I feel sure that we are closer to achieving that.”
Thank you to McLaren for the Information & Interviews.